Archdiocese of New York Gets Connected

I’m blessed with the opportunity to work with parishes and dioceses around the country as they navigate through the digital continent. Trying to figure out how to best reach and communicate with the people they serve. It’s always exciting to see their progress and the ways they’re using new media to accomplish the new evangelization.

Today, the Archdiocese of New York just jumped to the forefront as one of the “most innovative and connected dioceses in the world”.

Cardinal Dolan has been wanting to provide his flock with better, more effective communication about what’s happening in the Catholic church. But until now, that’s been just a dream, not a reality. By partnering with our friends over at eCatholic and Flocknote, the Archdiocese New York is streamlining communication across hundreds of parishes, almost 3 million Catholics, and a span of 5,000 square miles.

Each parish (and the diocese) will be equipped with a new, fully mobile-responsive website from the folks at eCatholic AND access to Flocknote – a simple email and texting tool designed for parishes.

“This Archdiocese is going to have the ability to share information with and get feedback from our people in a very efficient and effective way.” (Cardinal Dolan)

One of the coolest parts of this initiative is the brand new ArchNY.org. The Archdiocese’s website can now aggregate data from parish websites (like Mass times) and push relevant content back to all of the newly designed parish websites. And via Flocknote, the Cardinal can now email and text every Catholic in the Archdiocese – meaning he can get his message out to the people without relying on traditional broadcast media.

Get the full story by watching the video below.

How would you like to see your diocese better connect with parishes and Catholics in your area?

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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